Pepe Hails Zinedine Zidane Influence After ‘Tough Six Months’ Under Rafael Benitez
Real Madrid defender Pepe hailed Zinedine Zidane’s affect on the dressing room once they claimed the Champions League for that second amount of time in three seasons.
A problem shoot-out make an impression on city rivals Atletico Madrid saw Madrid win their eleventh European crown following a tense 1-1 draw at San Siro on Saturday.
Zidane, who lifted the trophy like a player in 2002, becomes the 2nd man to possess gone onto win it as being coach in the Santiago Bernabeu, following within the actions of former midfield great Miguel Munoz.
And Pepe could only praise the outcome the previous France star has already established in the club since he replaced Rafael Benitez in The month of january.
“We labored well with Benitez, although things did not match him, and Zidane gave us another air,” he stated. “He trusts us a great deal, he understands the dressing room. He’s provided us with the calm to complete the growing season very well.
“I am happy since it is been a difficult year for all of us, particularly the first six several weeks. Although everybody criticised us, i was always lower to earth and quiet, dealing with great humbleness.
“I am pleased to help my team and provide pleasure to Real Madrid fans who’re celebrating the Undecima following a really tough match, in a really tough level psychologically.”
Pepe conceded Madrid were fatigued for a lot of the second area of the match, by which Yannick Ferreira Carrasco equalised following Sergio Ramos’ first-half opener, but he recognized the battling characteristics of his team-mates.
“We began very strongly and Atletico didn’t have shots on goal through the first half, however we tired which hindered our work a great deal,Inch he stated.
“Real Madrid fought against together so when we did not possess the ball we gave everything like a shield in order to be champions.”